While he was one of the heroes of the first Mortal Kombat movie, released in 1995, and remains one of the historical protagonists of the Mortal Kombat games, Johnny Cage shines with his absence in the trailer and communication of MK’s reboot. And he won’t appear in the movie for good reason. And we now know why.
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Advertising around the new film Mortal Kombat for his own good. And thanks to the latter, an answer has just been given to a question asked by many fans of the universe created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. That question was, where is Johnny Cage? The simple answer to that question is that he’s not in the movie.
But what are the reasons for this lack of comments? Todd Garner, the film’s producer, explained the microphone to the American website GameSpot. According to him, if Johnny Cage had been in the film, he would have duplicated with one of the movie’s other protagonists:
The reason we’re putting Johnny Cage aside is because he’s a very Gocentric guy. He’s a villain, he’s funny. He’s extraordinary … Just like Kano. So we said, “Are we going to have two guys competing for the funniest character and the most Goentric character awards in this movie? Or do we put Johnny Cage aside?”
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However, Todd Garner does not explain why the production and writers preferred to give Kano the role of the movie’s funny character rather than entrusting him to Johnny Cage. However, he admits that all is not lost for the Jean-Claude Van Damme-inspired character. Indeed, the producer suggests that Johnny Cage could have his place in a possible sequel:
We can do another Mortal Kombat movie, god willing. Everyone is waiting for it.
Mortal Kombat’s success, if it comes out, is sure to determine Johnny Cage’s chances of getting back on screen. As a reminder, Mortal Kombat will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16 in the US. In France, the current health situation means that we do not yet know exactly when the film will be shown in cinemas.
What do you think of these statements from the producer of Mortal Kombat? Does his justification hold for him? Would you have preferred if you had preferred Johnny Cage to Kano? Are you planning to see this new Mortal Kombat movie? Tell us everything in the comments below.